Release Date: 04-Oct-2013
Dealing with change and worrying about money can be very stressful. And while a little bit of stress can help motivate us to do things, too much can stop us from sorting things out and can also affect our health.
There's no quick-fix cure for stress, and no single method will work for everyone. However, there are simple things you can do to help you cope:
Too much stress can make you ill - but you can stop that from happening
Be active – exercise will reduce some of the emotional intensity that you’re feeling, clearing your thoughts and enabling you to deal with your problems more calmly.
Take control – try to find a solution that satisfies you and not someone else.
Connect with people - a good support network of colleagues, friends and family can ease your troubles and help you see things in a different way.
Have some ‘me time’ – set aside time each day for socialising, relaxing or exercising.
Challenge yourself – setting yourself goals and challenges, such as learning a new skill or a new sport, helps to build confidence. That in turn will help you deal with stress.
Avoid unhealthy habits - don't rely on alcohol, smoking and caffeine as your ways of coping as these won’t make the problems disappear.
Do volunteer work - people who help others become better able to cope as well as happier.
Work smarter, not harder – don’t get overwhelmed at the thought of everything you have to do. Concentrate on the tasks that make a real difference to your work, your family, or your life.
Be positive - write down three things at the end of every day which went well or for which you're grateful. If you change your perspective, you may see your situation from a more positive point of view.
Accept the things you can't change - changing a difficult situation isn't always possible. If this proves to be the case, recognise and accept things as they are and concentrate on everything that you do have control over.
Whatever you do, if stress is affecting your life and your health, don’t suffer in silence. Kirklees offers free stress control courses – call 01484 434625 – or talk to your doctor.